Click to enlarge. Source: Brian McFadden in NYT
The differences between those who accept the mainstream science on climate change versus those who don't is most often characterised as a battle or war.
Michael Mann's latest book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Despatches from the Front Lines gives a clear outline of the opposition he has met. The force of opposition, the dirty tricks and personal attacks certainly fit the metaphor of war.
A 2010 editorial in Nature famously acknowledged the 'no holds barred' nature of the attacks on scientists.
The integrity of climate research has taken a very public battering in recent months. Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight.Both sides attack and defend as though their lives depended on it. And of course, they do.
The difference is that one side thinks everyone's life depends on it, while the other side seems to be looking after itself at the expense of others.